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Availability date: 01/01/2016
Although the images above feature the Ortofon Quintet Black S cartridge, as of October 2021 the Xtension 9 Superpack is supplied fitted with Pro-Ject's own Pick-IT DS2 MC cartridge.
The Xtension 9 is an ideal solution for anyone who is looking for the exceptional sound quality of a high-end turntable, but with a more compact foot-print.
Benefiting from decades of turntable design experience, the Xtension 9's structure uses a combination of the popular 'mass-loaded' and 'floating turntable' design principles. Most high-end designs tend to employ one of these principles, but the Xtension 9 uses both. It does this by placing the high-mass, anti-resonant main chassis on three powerful magnetic feet, effectively "floating" the turntable above the stand on which it sits.
The precision-balanced platter used on the Xtension 9 is made from a purpose-chosen metal alloy, which has then been internally lined with a Thermo-Plastic Elastomer (TPE) compound. The top of the platter is finished with recycled vinyl records, which acts as the perfect playback platform for the playing record - without the need for an extra mat. The result is a resonance-free platter, which runs ultra-silently on an inverted ceramic ball-bearing thanks to some added magnetic isolation.
Operation of the Xtension 9 is made effortlessly simple by the integrated speed control. Providing a clean, regulated power signal to the high-grade motor, the built-in speed control allows for easy switching between 33 and 45RPM speeds.
The Xtension 9 SuperPack is sold with Pro-Ject's popular 9CC Evolution tonearm pre-installed. The 9” tonearm boasts a one-piece conical carbon fibre tube, TPE-damped counterweights and an inverted bearing design that allows for perfect tracking and minimal resonance, even with demanding pick-up cartridges. In the SuperPack version, the tonearm is supplied finished with a Pick-IT DS2 MC moving coil cartridge. The Pick-IT DS2 MC, developed in partnership with Ortofon, combines Pro-Ject's vast experience with phenomenal sound and high-quality materials, with all of Ortofon's advanced knowledge of micro-technologies, to deliver a sound performance that puts others to shame.
For added convenience, the Xtension 9 SuperPack is supplied with a removable dust cover, a heavy record puck for improved record hold and a high-quality 5P-RCA output cable.
True Balanced Connections
The interconnect cable between a record player and a phono stage is prone to pick up noise on the way. That noise and interference can stem from a lot of unavoidable sources, such as household applicances, wi-fi and bluetooth devices, other power cables and audio amplifiers. Unshielded (i.e. RCA) interconnects can amplify the picked-up noise and make it audible through your speakers, interfering with the pure musical signal.
Balanced (typically XLR) cable connections double the wires carrying the musical signal – with one side inverted. In this case noise still gets picked up by both wires, but with one side reversed. When the signals are re-joined at the phono stage, the picked-up noise is cancelled out by the opposing signals. The benefit of this is a louder, cleaner musical signal that has doubled in size with almost no remaining noise.
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